BPM in 2011: Oracle Process Accelerators Deliver Pre-Built Processes, Components
Oracle is launching its first set of pre-built business processes based on best practices for its BPM Suite 11g portfolio. IDN explores how Oracle Process Accelerators aim to accelerate and simplify BPM projects with Oracle’s Senior Director of BPM product management, Manoj Das.
Oracle is launching its first set of pre-built business processes based on best practices for its BPM Suite 11g portfolio in a new initiative aimed at accelerating and simplifying BPM projects.
“One of the big drawbacks in BPM is that companies need to start from scratch when building their processes and models,” Oracle’s Senior Director of BPM product management, Manoj Das told IDN. “The Oracle Process Accelerators let companies avoid that cost and coding complexity, and provide better time to value for BPM projects,” he said, adding, “We designed the Oracle Process Accelerators so they can be used right out of the box or be extended.”
Architecturally, Oracle Process Accelerators are designed to allow enterprise architects or process architects to quickly and easily leverage their existing in-house BPM assets, as well as design time and runtime components of Oracle BPM Suite 11g toolset and middleware, Das added.
Oracle Process Accelerators provide:
- Ready-to-use pre-built processes to help companies more quickly support repeatable business process patterns for common or repeatable actions
- Modifiable process frameworks, building blocks or extensible process templates to give BPM customers what Das called “a valuable starting point” for projects that may still need customization.
- End-to-end capabilities for cross-platform processes, leveraging Oracle’s BPM Suite and SOA Suite support for interoperability and integration with other platforms
“BPM customers who are building solutions don’t want to get into too much new coding, but they need to maintain standards so they can work with their current artifacts, models and processes,” Das said.
For this purpose, Oracle Process Accelerators work with designtime features in BPM Studio and BPM Process Composer. This means users can extend the process accelerators to meet their needs without coding – and be sure that their customizations will still comply with BPMN models or even existing BPEL-based code, Das added.
Based on inputs from customers and partners, Das told IDN that Oracle’s first wave of process accelerators focus on two types:
- Simple, everyday processes that most organizations need but that IT rarely has resources for. “Our customers tell us that these processes end up happening over emails or adhoc solutions and if Oracle provided process accelerators it will be extremely useful,” Das said. Examples of these types of processes include travel approval, document routing and approval.
- Processes that may vary from customer-to-customer but have common repeatable patterns. “These may be horizontal processes such as employee onboarding, client onboarding, partner onboarding,” Das said. Another example is an often repeated industry-specific process, such as incident reporting in public sector, he added.
Over time, Oracle Process Accelerators will be a growing family of solutions that will support both tactical and strategic process needs, Das added.